A US federal court imposed a ban on Tik Tok It will not go into effect Monday as scheduled.
The anticipated ban delay will allow Americans to continue using the app while the court considers the legality of the ban and whether the app poses a national security risk as the Trump administration claims.
For weeks since President Donald Trump signed two executive orders in early August, the government has threatened to shut down the viral video-sharing app over concerns that its parent company ByteDance, Headquartered in Beijing, it may be forced to hand over user data to the Chinese government. TikTok, which it has 100 million users In the US alone, the allegations have long been dismissed.
TikTok filed its first lawsuit against the administration on September 18, and on Thursday of this week it filed a Last minute alarm In an effort to stop the ban on Sunday night. On Friday, the government asked the court to reject the restraining order in a sealed motion, which the government later rejected as a public request with some revisions. A public hearing on the injunction was set for Sunday morning. The case is being heard in the DC District Court headed by Judge Carl J. Nichols.
In its ruling on Sunday, the court made only its decision, with the official opinion handing in private only to the opposing parties. Because of the sensitive materials included in the government’s proposal, parties have until Monday to demand any revisions before publishing the final opinion.
The decision is the latest in the extended fighting saga about the future of America’s fastest growing social app. a An agreement was reached Between ByteDance and the US government at the end of last week was thought to have resolved the confrontation between the two parties, but the deal was soured due to the disputed details. Among the Oracle buyer And ByteDance.
The administration launched its first action against TikTok on August 6, in which President Trump argued in an executive order that the app posed an unreasonable risk to the national security of US citizens. This mirrors a similar matter published the same day that restricted the popular Mandarin messaging app WeChat, which is owned by Tencent and based in China.
Last weekend, a federal Magistrate’s judge in San Francisco issued a injunction regarding the The Department of Commerce banned WeChatPending further court deliberations. Reflecting its arguments to those in the WeChat lawsuit, TikTok was hoping for a similar outcome in its legal process.
The only difference between the two lawsuits is the plaintiffs. In the case of WeChat, a group of WeChat users filed a lawsuit arguing that the ban would harm their speech. TikTok represents itself in its own battle with the government.
The lawsuit is TikTok Inc. Et al. Against Trump et al (1: 2020-cv-02658).